Hey, so it's been awhile. I've managed to come down with the sniffles, start a new blog, and lack a third interesting thing to mention.
The congestion is pretty straightforward. After having to administer late tests to a bunch of different undergrads that missed the test because of illness, I've seemed to have caught something. Orrr I'm just having allergies.
The new blog is less interesting than the premise of a new blog sounds. Basically, I'm using this as a notebook. Most scientists keep some sort of notebook to remember what they've done or, in cases where people run experiments, document their work for posterity. I can usually manage to take notes for about a week, two if I'm really motivated, but then I forget, or get lazy or something. I've tried keeping them electronically, but the same happens. I'm hoping that by keeping a blog, it'll be easier for me to keep up with them and then they're searchable.
In light of my missing third "interesting" thing, here are some links to stuff I find interesting that I've found from facebook, twitter, and random internet surfing.
Winter Squash Warts and All. (NY Times) This is more than you'd ever want to know about winter squash, but now I want to grow my own.
Gold and the Periodic Table of Elements. (NPR) Too cool! As someone who deals with the periodic table on a daily basis, this is a neat (and different than neutron capture) take on why gold is so interesting.
America's Worst "Chinese Meals". (Angry Asian Man) As a food blogger and a pseudo-Asian, I found this hilarious. But sometimes you just gotta have the orange chicken.
The United Plates. John Holcomb has a set of prints that represents each state with different food. And of course I want the Michigan one.
How Smartphone Users See Each Other. (Android and Me) This is almost entirely accurate, but I see myself more as a Marie Curie type than an Albert Einstein. ;)
Lemonade, Detroit. You can buy a frame of Lemonade, Detroit for a dollar and become a producer. This film is about the people who are in Detroit and working to turn it into something more than just abandoned buildings and the national mascot of the recession.
Stephen Fry Kinetic Typography. (video!) This is super fun to watch. The words are from Stephen Fry on language.